Most Complained About Super Funds

Superannuation has been the backbone of the Australian retirement system for many years now, and for many planning to retire down under will be one of the most tax-efficient vehicles to save and invest your way to retirement. For Australian expats, it’s important to note that just having left Australia is no reason to forget [...]

Retirement Plannig – More Than Just Money

Many people, particularly in our industry of financial planners, will view retirement planning as simply determining how much you need to save in order to have enough money to live off when you do decide to hang up the boots. With approximately 28% of American retirees recently surveyed stating that they felt much less happy [...]

Departure Checklist for Australian Expats To Be

Making the decision to become an Australian expat, and to live and work in another country such as Singapore, can be one of the most impactful choices you make.  Whether it’s to increase your earning capacity, ability to hit the accelerator toward achieving your financial goals, or to progress in your career and chosen field, [...]

How Singapore is Helping Australia at a Time of Crisis

“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” - Arnold H. Glasgow Singapore and Australia have had a close relationship for over 50 years, with it being forged in World War II after more than 1,700 Australians died defending the country. Australia was also the first country in 1965 [...]

New Year Resolutions for Australian Expats in 2020

"Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits."   It’s now the beginning of a new year, and time to start setting those goals that for many, will likely have already been forgotten by now. Setting New Year Resolutions can be an excellent chance to set smart, achievable goals, but only [...]

Aussie Expats Face Property Tax Changes

In a sad day for Australian expats across the world, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures) Bill 2019  has been passed by the Senate, and with no further barriers in its way, will now be in force. This means that Australians across the world will no longer be able to claim [...]

Financial Considerations of Becoming a Stay At Home Parent

The decision you make to stay at home full-time to look after your child or children is a difficult one and should not be made lightly. This is especially true for Australian expats with the added complications of relatively low-cost full-time help, living in Singapore on a working visa or Dependant Pass (DP) and overall [...]

Main Residence Exemption Update for Australian Expats

Following our Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg’s comments that they stood by their policy to remove the main residence exemption for Australian expats and other foreign residents, the retrospective Bill is back. While most of the proposed amendments are the same as was originally announced in the 2017-18 Federal Budget, the key change is that the deadline [...]

Financial Infidelity in Relationships

Over 2.7 million Australians are hiding purchases from their partners equating to approximately $1.6 billion each and every year that’s not being disclosed. It’s no wonder that financial stress levels amongst Australians are so high and that arguments over personal finances are one of the leading causes of relationship breakdowns. This week I explore some [...]

Plugging the Critical Illness Insurance Gap for Expats in Singapore

When it comes to Critical Illness coverage in Singapore, the average person only has approximately 20% of what they require accordingly to a recent study released by the Life Insurance Association (LIA). The study revealed that the average working individual in Singapore has just $59,776, while the LIA recommends that you need $316,603, a staggering [...]